U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) this week announced an award allocation of Local Relief Grants totaling $253 million for Bucks and Montgomery counties. This funding is provided through the Coronavirus Relief Fund provision of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act supported by Fitzpatrick. Of the 67 counties in Pennsylvania, Bucks and Montgomery counties, both included in Pennsylvania’s First Congressional District, were two of only seven counties statewide to receive these funds.
The CARES Act requires that the payments from the Coronavirus Relief Fund only be used to cover expenses that: are necessary expenditures incurred due to the public health emergency with respect to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID–19); were not accounted for in the budget most recently approved as of March 27, 2020 (the date of enactment of the CARES Act) for the state or government; and were incurred during the period that begins on March 1 and ends on Dec. 30.
There are several other grants such as Health and Human Service Grants for hospitals and health-care providers along with various grants for first responders that have yet to be released.